Reddit user ctsom asked, “What was a house rule you had as a kid that you thought was completely normal until you grew up and realized not all households followed?” And the responses came flooding in.
Boy, has parenting changed.
My brother and I were so convinced these sugar bugs were real, we would constantly ask when we’d be able to see them. My parents always told us only people 13 and older could see them, but by the time we got to be 13, we had completely forgotten about the sugar bugs in our teeth,” shared batman1227.
Cash is always a good bribery tool.
When I went to my parents’ house over Christmas, I was reprimanded for getting an apple without asking first. It’s just so weird, but it used to be so normal,” posted bigmacnpoet.
Not a peep until 7 am? Seems like a fair rule.
Imagine doing this as an adult.
Every family should incorporate this into their weekly routine.
No gum. No Play-Doh. No cereal with ‘sugar’ as one of the top 3 ingredients. No The Simpsons.
I had basically no rules growing up, but those four things would make them lose their goddamn minds. I still get anxious when I’m chewing gum, and I’m 35,” said SiFiWiRi.
I thought this was how everyone stored pizza until I did it myself when I lived with a couple of roommates and their reaction was: ‘I just burned this box of pizza. Why was this in the oven?!’,” shared Justgivme1.
The system collapsed when we had to decide whether to have a cat or not and Mam unexpectedly abstained,” said Cwlcymro.
Sleepovers were amazing, because it meant I could have a bowl of Lucky Charms or Cocoa Puffs or Fruity Pebbles.
Also no Simpsons here. Despite being a cartoon it wasn’t for kids, so we weren’t allowed to watch it. We didn’t have cable, so pickings were already slim sometimes,” said bestem.
I went to friends’ houses and they just ate whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted,” shared badhairguy.
Let’s say I told my parents I would leave a party at 9. I couldn’t leave at 8:50, or I’d get yelled at/grounded. I couldn’t leave at 9:10, or I would get yelled/grounded.
Same thing went for when I was leaving my house to go somewhere,” said 6lesbianlover9.
If my parents suspected that I was hiding anything, they could (and did) go through anything to make sure. Dresser and desk drawers, bags, closet, car, whatever they felt was necessary. Even my mail was fair game. As a result, I got really good at hiding things, shared DonNatalie.
Also we had to peel mushrooms. It took forever and was completely stupid,” said SuperBubber.
“Hi can I talk to geeltulpen?”
“Who is this?”
“Well, friend, when you call this house and I answer the phone, you should say hello to me and then tell me that it’s you, your first name and last name, before you ask to talk to geeltulpen.”
Boy, was I popular,” shared geeltulpen.
Once I tried to see a pg13 movie with my friends and my mom cried and my dad called me horrible for making her cry. I was 14,” said Dameunbatido.